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sing the praises of (someone or something)

To speak very highly of someone or something; to enthusiastically endorse someone or something; to extol the virtues, benefits, or good qualities of someone or something. Our manager has been singing the praises of the new developers she hired. I just hope that they're up to the job! Jeff was singing the praises of his smartphone all last week, until it froze on him all of a sudden last night.
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damn someone or something with faint praise

Fig. to criticize someone or something indirectly by not praising enthusiastically. The critic did not say that he disliked the play, but he damned it with faint praise. Mrs. Brown is very proud of her son's achievements, but damns her daughter's with faint praise.
See also: damn, faint, praise

praise someone or something to the skies

Fig. to give someone or something much praise. He wasn't very good, but his friends praised him to the skies. They liked your pie. Everyone praised it to the skies.
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Self-praise is no recommendation.

Prov. If you praise yourself, people will think that you are boastful and will not respect you. After listening to the lawyer brag about his achievements for a solid half hour, I decided I would find someone else to handle my case. Self-praise is no recommendation.

sing someone's or something's praises

 and sing the praises of someone or something
Fig. to praise someone highly and enthusiastically. The boss is singing his new secretary's praises. The theater critics are singing the praises of the young actor.
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damn (somebody/something) with faint praise

to show only slight approval for someone or something By qualifying his support, you could argue he was damning these leaders with faint praise. Maybe I'm damning them with faint praise, but the Yankees are easier to like than the Atlanta Braves in this series.
See also: damn, faint, praise

sing somebody's/something's praises

also sing the praises of somebody/something
to praise someone or something with enthusiasm I hate the city, but my sister is always singing its praises.
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damn somebody/something with faint praise

to praise something or someone in such a weak way that it is obvious you do not really admire them She damned Reynolds with faint praise, calling him one of the best imitators in the world.
See also: damn, faint, praise

praise somebody/something to the skies

to praise someone or something very much At first she would praise him to the skies for every minor achievement.
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sing somebody's/something's praises

to praise someone or something very much You've obviously made a good impression on Paul - he was singing your praises last night. Mat seems happy enough in Brighton - he's always singing its praises.
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damn with faint praise

Compliment so feebly that it amounts to no compliment at all, or even implies condemnation. For example, The reviewer damned the singer with faint praise, admiring her dress but not mentioning her voice . This idea was already expressed in Roman times by Favorinus (c. a.d. 110) but the actual expression comes from Alexander Pope's Epistle to Doctor Arbuthnot (1733): "Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, and, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer."
See also: damn, faint, praise

praise to the skies

Commend lavishly or excessively, as in The critics praised the new soprano to the skies. This expression, alluding to lofty praise, was in the 1600s put as extol to the skies but acquired its present form in the early 1800s. Also see sing one's praises.
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sing someone's praises

Commend someone, especially to others, as in They were singing her praises to the entire community. [Mid-1500s] Also see praise to the skies.
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We now understand that effective parenting is about warmth, building self-esteem and encouraging them through praise.
The praises was divided into different types, one of the most important classification is "prophetic prayers".
Yet it is distinguished in this way: The one who praises is to be so touched by God that the act of praise will also encourage others to praise the Lord.
This article sets out the case that practitioners can help children achieve good mental health by encouraging parents and those who care for children to give them at least 'five praises a day'.
Structured worship teaches the faith tradition and lifts praises to God through music and singing, prayer, talks, etc.
68) The Sienese orator Francesco Patrizi (1413-94) (69) praises Alfonso of Aragon for thinking about offspring and successors "so that there be nothing lacking for the stability of his kingdom and the promotion of peace.
But an LAPD spokesman noted that the report praises the department for ``significant progress'' and said the problems are technical, rather than a reflection of the department's attitude toward the consent decree.
Be aware of whether the individual in question praises your actions or yourself; if he does the latter, he's probably a flatterer.
Ironically, this is true at a time when, as never before, it is fashionable to sing the praises of"values.
Archbishop Gervais praises the ICE program in his article because it emphasises "the capability of each person to make and follow responsible value choices.
In fact, Blanchard and Johnson, in their book The One Minute Manager,(2) list one-minute praises as one of the secrets to being a good manager.
At the other end of the political spectrum, the CFC industry also praises the diplomatic community for reaching a protective agreement.
We take pride in maintaining very close contact with our customers, and we usually hear similar praises from them.
Her speech is an epideictic oration (an oration of praise and blame) in which she praises herself, she is neither fool nor sophist but a self-reflexive personification dressed in rhetoric, and functions as such in all three parts of the declamation.